|Sri Lanka (ˌsriː ˈlæŋkə)|
|Official name (since 1978): Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Former name (until 1972): Ceylon a republic in S Asia, occupying the island of Ceylon: settled by the Sinhalese from S India in about 550 |
|the offspring of a zebra and a donkey.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
Note: A British colony since 1796, the island became independent in 1948.